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By on Jan 15, 2013 | 9 comments

Tuesday reads 1-15-13

This week, I’m reading Half of a Yellow Sun by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The novel takes place in Nigeria during the Nigerian-Biafran War in 1967-1970 and shows the effect of the war through the dynamic relationships of four people‚Äôs lives. It makes me want to read other works by Nigerian writers, like Chris Abani’s Graceland about a shantytown Elvis impersonator, called by the NY Times one of the most astonishing metropolitan novels of our time.

Because of our new “unschooling” journey with Tess, I am diving into books about unschooling, like Sandra Dodd’s Big Book of Unschooling and Parenting a Free Child: The Unschooled Life by Rue Kream. I can see that after a lifetime in classrooms, John and I have our own “de-schooling” work to do. And I can see that unschooling is not just about learning by living–but about recognizing how much of our interaction with our children is based on a power differential. I am opening up space for a different kind of relationship.

Tess and I are halfway through Keeper, which we started last week. I read aloud about 30 minutes a night to Tess as she settles in for sleep–and we can tell we like this book a lot because we’re going up to bed early to hear more of it each night. As a treat, I’ve ordered another of this author’s books, The Underneath, for our next bedtime book.

I am also reading Uhura’s Song, a Star Trek book given to me by my friend, Jeff.

What are you reading?